Definition of dissection in US English:

dissection

noun

  • 1The action of dissecting a body or plant to study its internal parts.

    ‘the dissection of animals for scientific research’
    • ‘The mandibular branch was very close to the tumor, but with gentle dissection was able to be spared.’
    • ‘After careful dissection through the subcutaneous tissue and the fascia, a small incision was made at the peritoneum.’
    • ‘Over the next centuries dissection of the human body became a standard part of the training of medical students.’
    • ‘Following sporulation and tetrad dissection, we determined the genotypes of the resulting haploid spores.’
    • ‘Thirty-one patients had chest radiographs; however, only in 8 patients did they show evidence of aortic dissection.’
    • ‘Superficially, they all look very much alike, and dissection is often the only way to tell two species apart.’
    • ‘Others only allow for dissections which hardly puncture the surface.’
    • ‘Following this, she underwent a left mastectomy with axillary dissection.’
    • ‘For anatomists as well as academic theorists, Michelangelo's art exemplified the advantages of anatomical study by dissection.’
    • ‘Public dissections were popular in the 16th century, with anatomical theatres open to audiences all over Europe.’
    • ‘Axillary dissection is considered a standard part of treatment for breast cancer.’
    • ‘Pain may migrate from the chest downwards as the dissection progresses.’
    • ‘A closed suction drain is placed following axillary dissection.’
    • ‘The seed coat tissues were separated by dissection into two fractions.’
    • ‘Twenty-four lymph nodes were dissected from the axillary dissection, the largest measuring 2.0 x 1.0 cm.’
    • ‘A radical neck dissection was positive in 3 of the 5 cases in which it was done at the time of the original diagnosis.’
    • ‘Public dissections were outlawed in Britain 130 years ago.’
    • ‘A right near-total parotidectomy with right upper node neck dissection was performed.’
    • ‘Eggs were then stored at - 20°C for later dissection.’
    • ‘The dissection also extended proximally toward the heart.’
    cutting up, cutting open, dismemberment
    analysis, examination, study, inspection, scrutiny, scrutinization, probe, probing, exploration, investigation, enquiry
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    1. 1.1 Very detailed analysis of a text or idea.
      ‘this dissection of modern relationships’
      • ‘And so the dissection continues until, well, you're fairly convinced that Joe maybe isn't the authority he purports to be.’
      • ‘Other examples include a detailed dissection of how the expression of the HO gene is regulated.’
      • ‘Human diseases can be studied through the genetic dissection of quantitative traits in experimental models such as mouse and rat.’
      • ‘He describes his own intellectual odyssey and provides the most knowledgeable, dispassionate dissection of the evidence ever written.’
      • ‘To be more specific, this is a small, character driven dissection, a brief journey into the mind of a deranged serial killer.’
      • ‘The newspapers are now filled with dissections of the his administration's diplomatic failures.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the events of that year have taken on a mythic quality that has resisted such scholarly dissection.’
      • ‘He stresses that the book is not an exhaustive dissection of the series and its impact on popular culture.’
      • ‘Also see his forthcoming book on early Chan texts for a unique dissection of early lineage claims and their supporting texts.’
      • ‘The 18 th-century Chinese scholar Tai Chen presented an elegant dissection for approximating the value of pi.’
      • ‘This review will not be an extensive analysis and dissection of this film.’
      • ‘It was fodder for water cooler and schoolyard discussions and dissections.’
      • ‘The use and dissection of specific material adds weight to the delicate historical analysis within the book.’
      • ‘Feeling reasonably guilty for my lack of input in our annual dissection, I decided I needed some intellectual nutrition to atone for my sins.’
      • ‘This analysis usually takes more time because it involves more dissection of pages beyond the one you're trying to optimize.’
      • ‘But now more important activities call than the dissection of diplomats - most notably at the moment, dinner.’
      • ‘We can never be a fly on the wall to our own personality dissections, watching as people pick us apart after meeting us.’
      • ‘The careful and merciless dissection of human nature was the aim of both writers.’
      • ‘Sometimes their dissections are more entertaining than the shows themselves.’
      • ‘Last week I said I'd run by you a dissection of a "genuine" cold reading.’

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